Dogfish Head Brewing’s newest musical tribute has arrived. Robert’s Johnson’s Hellhound On My Ale is a tribute to Robert Johnson, an amazing blues musician & guitarist. Legend has it Johnson sold his soul to the devil in exchange for is voice & talent. May 8, 2011 marks the 100 birthday of Johnson, who is suspected to have been poisoned at 27 years old.
What you need to know:
A collaboration with Sony, Hellhound is full of homages surround Robert Johnson’s life. Mentioned in a previous post, DFH was experimenting with lemons. Seems Hellhound might be the result. Why lemons? Robert Johnson’s mentor was “Blind Lemon” Jefferson. 2011 marks the centennial anniversary of his birth, so DFH used centennial hops. Hellhound is a big hoppy beer, clocking in at 100 IBU’s, dry hopped with centennial hops at a rate of 100 kilos per 100 barrel brew-length.
Style: Imperial IPA
Taste Expectations: Lots of citrusy hops. Little pine. Lemons. Well balanced IPA, big on malts/hops. Bitter lemony finish.
Availability: 750 ML bottles, draft. Limited brew.
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